"The ring, it chose you," Ryan Reynolds is told in the new "Green Lantern" trailer.
That is true. People's Sexiest Man Alive, Reynolds did finally land the role of Hal Jordan in the DC Comics adaptation. But the path that led to his casting was a circuitous one. Did you know Jack Black was once considered for the part? That the flick was once set to shoot in Australia? That Quentin Tarantino was actually offered the director's job? Oh, what could have been ...
Kevin Smith, for example, was once approached to helm a Green Lantern movie. Clearly, that would have been a more comedic take on the property. As would the installment that Black was eyeing.
"It would have been a comedy, and I don't know, maybe they didn't want to go that way with the character," Black told MTV News back in 2007. "You don't see a lot of the superheroes as comedies. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man — they're all pretty straight-up. I was going to be capturing bad guys with green, giant prophylactics. Some funny stuff."
As part of a potential Justice League film, the character was rumored to have been offered to everyone from Common to T.I. to Tyrese Gibson. And for a solo flick, "Everwood" creator Greg Berlanti was once tapped to direct, while "Watchmen" helmer Zack Snyder and Tarantino were approached for the gig.